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“Absolutely lovely.” 5 of 5 stars
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Addo Dung Beetle Guest Farm
4.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Addo Dung Beetle Guest Farm | Coerny Valley, Addo, Sundays River Valley 6105, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #2 of 10 Specialty Lodging in Addo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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“Absolutely lovely.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

We stayed here recently, sadly only for one night.Our welcome was warm and friendly and immediately we knew we were on to a winner. The view from the lodge looking out over the citrus farms and nature reserve is simply beautiful. Our chalet was gorgeous too ( we stayed in the queen chalet) and the gardens are very pretty and well kept. We didn't eat dinner at the lodge because we hadn't advised our host before hand but Magna booked a table at a local restaurant for us. Breakfast was lovely. Magna's husband Rod was also extremely welcoming and informative about the local area and how to navigate our way round the elephant park. Had we stayed longer we would definitely have gone on a game drive with him as I'm sure we would have had a great time.his passion for the animals is obvious. This place is just lovely - stay here, you won't be disappointed!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

We stayed two nights at the Addo Dung Beetle Guest House and enjoyed it very much. Rod and Magna were so friendly that we really felt like being at home. Not to mention the food, which was delicious. We even saw three of the Big Five. We can highly recommend this place.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

The details are covered elsewhere in other reviews. I just wanted to pick out a couple of things that made our 3 night stay there in December 2010 so memorable for my girlfriend and I

+ we loved the bush cabin, absolutely loved it. This was the first stop on a 3 week trip around S Africa and Zimbabwe and there can be no better introduction to Africa.
+ There is something pure about a shower head hanging off a branch and being able to have a shower whilst looking up and down the valley.
+ being so close to nature. Each morning on our walk to the main lodge for breakfast, we encountered one of the tortoises (we called him Tony, dont think he'll remember us...)
+ sundowners. Two words: Chocolate port (have looked for it since, but cannot find it!)
+ last but not least - Rod and Magna. You could not ask for two more friendly, welcoming people to help make your stay special. We were lucky enough to have the restaurant to ourselves one evening, and had a truly memorable evening with Rod and Magna over a few late drinks in front of the fire. They showed us their photo albums from their work around Africa and their love of the continent and its animals

Magna - sorry for taking so long to putting up a review!

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

I'm glad we hadn't read the review about the "GIANT spiders" before we went here, because we would probably have missed what eventually turned out to be great experience. My wife did encounter those spiders in the outdoor toilet, but the insecticide we got from Magna was really effective in keeping them away for the rest of our stay.

The "bush cabin" is really in the bush, which is something that we really liked. You really feel like you're in the middle of nature with no other people in the world. The outdoor toilet and shower look spartan, but actually work quite well (although the roof above the toilet is too low). Though we ended up not using it, the cabins come with full braai equipment including utensils, dishes and fuel. This makes it realistic for a foreign tourist to actually have a braai, unlike for example the Kruger rest parks where you only have the braai itself so you would need to bring/buy a lot of stuff. In this sense I would say that the bush cabin is actually quite luxurious for it's price.

The balcony is a great place to watch the stars and milky way, which are very clearly visible if there are no clouds.

There is free wifi, though the reception at the bush cabins isn't great. If it doesn't work, try holding the device as far above your head as you can. Alternatively, simply accept the fact that there is no internet in nature.

In addition to the bush cabin itself, the citrus farm is nice. There are many vervet monkeys here eating the oranges on the ground.

The location is really close to Addo Elephant National Park main gate, but far away from almost everything else. If you're coming from the garden route, consider buying all food in Port Elizabeth in advance as there is a good fridge+freezer. The closest restaurant+small supermarket is about 10km, which includes the bumpy access road. Though being so remote feels a bit unsafe sometimes, they have placed electrified fences and have a private security company, so it seems there isn't much actual risk.

Magna (the hostess) was very nice and helpful, also regarding visits to the Addo Elephant park.

Despite our initial encounter with the spiders, we came to love this place and would certainly recommend it.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

I have to say that I didn't sleep at the dung beetle. We were looking for a simple place to sleep but ended up at the dung beetle. The very friendly manager showed us around and we have to admit that this is a very beautiful place to sleep. Very comfortable and luxurious cottages with a magnificent view. Everything that you need on a very nice location. Rod was the best guy to help you. Because we were looking for a cheap option for a quick sleep we decided not to stay here, but if you have time and want to relax and enjoy the place and its beautiful surroundings: stay here!

Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2012

I visited Addo as part of a large group, half of us stayed in the luxury lodges and the other half (myself included stayed in the bush cabins). The luxury cabins were just that, and had everything my friends needed. The bush cabins were very basic, but also very comfortable.

The day we arrived the weather was dreadful and the rain made getting to our cabin difficult with our cases as the tracks to the cabins are bare earth. That aside we had everything we needed in the cabin including an outdoor kitchen. The great benefit of choosing the cabins (especially cabin 3) is that the views are INCREDIBLE, and apart from the odd monkey popping by it is perfectly silent.

I couldn’t write a review about Dung Beetle without mentioning the hosts. We ate at the dining room each evening. At the beginning of the meal the host explained what would be served and introduced us to some tradition south African foods which were all delicious, second and third helpings where a must! The service we received at Dung beetle was exceptional, warm and friendly with a great deal of knowledge about the local area.

If I were to travel back to South Africa this would definitely be on my list of places to stay!!!

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2012

This farm is located close to addo np, but you have to take a bumpy road, so it does take you quiet a while to get there. Not easy.
When you book this place, you should know that the guest farm has 2 types of facilities. First of all, the luxury lodges. Secondly, the bush cabins.
Unfortunately, we booked a bush cabin. They are VERY basic and basically to expensive for what you get.
The cabins are far away from the rest of the farm (really in the bush, far away from the lodges) and are not easy to reach on foor with luggage.
The toilet and shower are in open air. This may sound fun, but it wasn't, definately not at night. They don't have a door either, so anyone could just walk in.
Thirdly, and above all, you should know that the place was full of GIANT spiders. The (very friendly) managers knew about this problem, since the provided a musquito net and some detergent. This really ruined our entire stay.
The kitchen is well equiped. Beautifull scenery.
I wouldn't stay here again. A stay in the Addo NP itselfs is 30 USD more expensive, but that's definately worth it. I wouldn't stay in a bush cabin again. The addo park itself is much better.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Addo Dung Beetle Guest Farm | Coerny Valley, Addo, Sundays River Valley 6105, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Greater Addo > Sundays River Valley > Addo
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 10 Specialty Lodging in Addo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Addo Dung Beetle Guest Farm 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Addo Dung Beetle Guest Farms 5 luxury chalets are situated on a mountain top only 4km from the main gate of the Addo Elephant National Park. We are privileged to be on a working citrus farm and offer various tour packages to our guest in the Addo area. ... more   less 
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